Sunday, July 06 2014
Suburban Handicap (G2) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Zivo (No. 3) and ninth place finisher Last Gunfighter (No. 5): "Jose rode [Zivo] perfectly. We've always put him in races we think fit him. This horse has really come around well and it was time to step out of New York-bred company and try him in an open company race with a big purse. Tom Coleman, the owner, who bred the horse, we work as a team. He said, 'Let's just enter and look.' All the way until this morning, he wasn't really committed to coming in from the Hamptons. He said, 'You want me to come?' I said, 'Let's try it. The horse is training well enough and he loves Belmont, let's try it.' Once I saw the strong pace, I knew he'd come running. That last eighth was definitely as strong as I've seen from him. But then again, he's a horse that's only gotten better."
Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) Quotes
Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Mr Speaker (No. 9): "He definitely redeemed himself; his last race was very disappointing. He trained well coming up to today and we changed our game plan; I wanted him back. Jose [Lezcano] rode a great race on him. We're tickled that Martin [Panza] carded this race and we're tickled to death that we won it."
Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) Quotes
Brian Lynch, winning trainer of Clearly Now (No. 3): "When he broke a little slow I thought, 'Oh boy, here we go again,' but when he cruised up on the inside near the 4 ½ pole I could tell Jose [Lezcano] had a lot of horse. He had a legitimate pace in front of him, so it was just about finding a hole, and when it came, he went by them."
"We'll look at some spots at Saratoga, and ultimately, the Breeders' Cup would be in play."
Dwyer (G3) Quotes
Linda Rice, winning trainer of Kid Cruz (No. 1): "I was a little nervous about whether they were going to go fast enough today. Irad [Ortiz] made a strong effort from the gate to make sure he got engaged earlier, so we just didn't hand it over to a slow pace. He did a beautiful job. The horse seems to be getting better all the time - perfecting his trade.
Wednesday, July 02 2014
Toast of New York appropriately headlines inaugural Belmont Derby
ELMONT, N.Y. - Toast of New York will look to become just that when he attempts to win the first running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The 1 ¼-mile Belmont Derby is the centerpiece of the newly fashioned Stars & Stripes Day, which also features the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks, as well as the Grade 2 Suburban, Grade 3 Belmont Sprint Championship, and Grade 3 Dwyer.
Flying Jib part of tough European contingent in G1 Belmont Oaks; Room Service one of several carrying American flag
ELMONT, N.Y. - The inaugural running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational attracted a diverse cast of 3-year-old fillies who will be traveling 1 ¼ miles over Belmont Park's turf course on Saturday.
Calder Statement Regarding The Stronach Group Agreement
Calder President and General Manager Maureen Adams:
“We would like to thank the horsemen, the breeders, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, and The Stronach Group for their cooperation in finalizing an agreement which is in the best interest of South Florida Racing. Today, we received regulatory approval which allows The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park to operate racing in South Florida. Live racing will return to Calder in October under the operation of The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park.
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STATEMENT FROM GULFSTREAM PRESIDENT TIM RITVO ON CALDER AGREEMENT
"Gulfstream Park started a journey more than two years ago to create a more vibrant Thoroughbred industry in Florida. Having enjoyed year-over-year growth the past three years, we wanted to continue the momentum Gulfstream's Champions Meet generated rather than try to rebuild that momentum and fan base every December.
Sunday is Miller’s time, with induction into Hall of Fame
When harness racing driver David Miller headed from Ohio to the East Coast more than a decade ago, he thought it would be temporary.
He was wrong. And it resulted in a permanent place among the sport’s all-time greats.
On Sunday, the 49-year-old Miller will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y.
Tuesday, July 01 2014
Queen Bee to meet Royalty in Hambletonian Maturity
Bee A Magician will try to return to her winning ways when she faces 13 male rivals – including last year’s Hambletonian Stakes winner Royalty For Life – in Saturday’s $484,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Last year, Bee A Magician won all 17 of her starts and was named Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada. This season, the mare is winless in three races and coming off a ninth-place finish in the Armbro Flight Stakes on June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack.
Monday, June 30 2014
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES QUOTES
VICTOR ESPINOZA, BIG KICK, WINNER: “I wanted to let him run out of there. I didn’t want to rate him too much. I wanted to let him do it and he was doing it comfortably. I wanted to open up two or three lengths and it was so easy so I let him stretch his legs even more. We got to the three-eighths and it was time to open it up as much as I could. I thought that if I could open up from there they were all going to have a hard time catching me. It worked out. I was too far in front to be worried about (Quick Casablanca and Joe Talamo) and he still had plenty left and enough energy to get it done.
Sunday, June 29 2014
Mother Goose (G1) Quotes
Steve Asmussen, winning trainer of Untapable (No. 2): "I'm very pleased with her race today. I loved how quiet she was pre-race and in the paddock. She turned off right after a little trouble at the start and was pretty relaxed. She picked it up when she needed to and appeared to be looking around quite a bit in the stretch, but it was her first time [at Belmont]. All of her previous victories had been where she was training, so I think that this was a pretty good step. I think she's a very special filly."